Once again, Conway High School and the Bank of Little Rock Mortgage are teaming up to recognize hard working students in the Conway school district with the Real Proud of Real Wampus Cats awards.
The Real Proud program is in its third year at Conway and will recognize 12 students during this football season. The students who are recognized are dedicated not only in the classrooms but are also active in different organizations and in their community.
The first awards of the season were presented before Conway High School’s varsity football game against Jonesboro High School Friday night, Sept. 7, and the first award recipients were seniors Caleb Crawley and Cody Rhoades.
Caleb Crawley, the son of Steve and Daura Crawley, plays on the Wampus Cats football team as second-string quarterback. He is active in Future Business Leaders of America and is planning on majoring in accounting or something business-related in college.
"Caleb is an outstanding student and very well mannered young man," said Alyce Hardee, Crawley’s business teacher. "He is very attentive with his work. He is always polite and takes his academics seriously."
According to Cathy Gunter, Crawley’s anatomy teacher and fellow church-member, Crawley is very involved in his church and mission groups. Last year he volunteered his time to help tornado victims and provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children. This year he went on a mission trip to the Philippines.
Cody Rhoades, the son of Tammy Rhoades and Mike and Leslie Rhoads, is also a quarterback for the Wampus Cats and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America. Rhoades also plays on Conway High School’s baseball team as a catcher. His college plans also includes a business major with hopes of becoming a certified public accountant.
"Cody is an outstanding student as well as an awesome athlete," said Hardee, who also teaches Rhoades. "I have known Cody since I had him in class in the eighth grade and was so excited when I saw I would have him in my class this year...I can truly see Cody being successful in any college or career he chooses."
Rhoades’ business teacher, Kimberly Raup, said he is a leader in the classroom as well as on the field and does not let his athletic accomplishments overshadow his desire to do well in the classroom.
Seniors Sabrina Smith and Hannah Norton were also recognized.
Smith, the daughter of Richard Smith, serves as state secretary for Skills USA and vice president for Conway High School’s Key Club. She is also a member of Beta Club, French Club, Art Club, Student Congress, Future Business Leaders of America and the National Society for High School Scholars. Last year, she received the Key Club Award of Excellence and has won first place twice for Arts in Architecture.
"Sabrina is a wonderful example of a Wampus Cat we can all be proud of," said Beverly Sutterfield, Smith’s Advanced Placement Government teacher and Key Club Sponsor. "She is committed to serving our community...Last year, she served 110 service hours and has already logged over 200 hours this year."
Smith said she plans to attend Hendrix College next year and studying psychology.
Norton, daughter of Stuart and Leann Norton, is a sprinter for Conway High School’s track team and an outfielder for her church league softball team. An athlete as well as a performer, Norton was a member of the ensemble in the musical, "Hairspray," and has led worship for St. James Methodist Church. An honor roll student, Norton is a member of the yeabook staff, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Caring Cats, National Honors Society and served as head of the public relations committee for the Faulkner County Youth Leadership Institute.
"Hannah is beginning her second year of volunteering in my classroom of special needs students," said Cheryl Daniles, sponsor of Caring Cats. "She has a heart of gold and has made such a difference in the lives of our students. I am so proud that she has such a devoted heart to the wonderful students in my room. They love her very much and light up when she walks in the door."
Norton said she plans to major in psychology next year and to go into occupational therapy for children with special needs.
Along with being recognized on the football field before the game, the Real Proud students were presented with plaques by Kathy Munson, a representative from the Bank of Little Rock Mortgage. Munson also presented a $400 check to the Conway Public Schools Foundation. The Real Proud program will continue to recognize students at varsity football home games through the duration of the football season.